National Conference (NC) president Dr Farooq Abdullah has alleged there were clear indications that a long-existing lobby in New Delhi was reinventing its mission to erode what remains of the State’s internal autonomy.
“Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and her colleagues should draw lessons from history and fear the reprisals of political connivance with forces inimical to the interests of the State,” Dr Farooq, who was a Union Minister in UPA Government, said while addressing a day-long lawyers’ conclave organized by the party’s legal cell at NC Headquarters here today.
“I have personally witnessed how a long-existing lobby in New Delhi has used pliant leaders and regimes in the State to erode Article 370 and rob the State of its constitutionally guaranteed Internal Autonomy, one step at a time.
This is a chronicle of betrayals and breach of faith that started with the deposition and incarceration of Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah and continues to this day,” he said.
“At every juncture in our history, this lobby in New Delhi has used pliant leaders and co-opting regimes in the State to inflict irrevocable damage on Article 370.
Today we see the efforts of this lobby manifest in the form of the extension of NFSA and NEET to the State while the PDP-BJP Government is peddling an ‘Industrial Policy’ which is glaringly conspicuous in its ambiguity on the question of non-State-subject investors and promoters,” he alleged.